This is what happens when you lower your antenna too fast:  Actually it was the sudden stop that did the damage.  One of the hoisting lines parted and down it came. I’m told it sounded like a bomb going off – total loss.



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Another Silent Key

With sadness I report the passing of our good friend and long-time SARS member, Dorothy Wogh, KA6GUR.

Dorothy and her husband Nick were licensed and joined SARS more than thirty years ago and participated in every activity from Native Sons parades, bed races, bicycle events and the annual Wild Horse Valley Olympic trials.
In 2012, Dorothy moved to a senior care facility in Grass Valley to be near her son, Frank Herwatt (KG6OQO). Frank writes: “Thank you very much for your note regarding my mother. Last October, she moved to our house in Nevada city because she felt that she needed living assistance. She was here with us until April (2013) when she passed away at our house. It was quick and sudden but she had a good life. She was almost 96. I know that she appreciated her work with ham radio friends and talked about it all the time.”

Dorothy is interred in Petaluma.

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Field Day 2014

Field Day 2014 coming up June 28 -29.  SARS will be operating from the Cemetery just south of Kennedy Park.  Operations will start Saturday morning at 11AM and continue through the night until Sunday morning 11AM.

Most high frequency bands will be represented and all interested parties are welcome to come by and see how it works.

Visitors with valid ham radio licenses are welcome to join in.

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Tactical Callsigns

Iit appears there may be some confusion about the use of Tactical Callsigns and  their relationship to our FCC issued callsigns.

Perhaps a brief reminder of the purpose might be in order.  I’ll bet a lot of hams don’t know why they are used.

In a really big operation there may be numerous sites that need to be staffed by hams around the clock.  A big wildland fire might be a good example.  Let’s say a base camp needs to be supported for the duration and around the clock.  Net control might have three or more operators assigned to the camp and he or she would have no way of knowing which of the assigned operators was on duty at any given time.  So he assigns the Tactical callsign (for example) “Delta-one” to the radio at the camp and when he has traffic he simply addresses it to Delta-one.  He does not need to know who will answer.

The identification issue arises when the operator at the camp actually gets on the air and transmits.  That operator is free to use “Delta-one” as an identification as much as he wishes within a ten minute period.  If, after he  has completed a series of transmissions, ten minutes has elapsed, he then needs to identify using his FCC issued callsign.

But what happens if he only makes one or two brief transmissions?  Does he then need to use his own callsign?  And what happens if an extended period of inactivity occurs?  Does he need to key up and identify every ten-minutes?

This description by N1ND, Dan Henderson, Regulatory coordinator of the ARRL makes it pretty plain:

You must use your FCC callsign once every 10 minutes if you are actively transmitting.  If it has been more than 10-minutes since you last used your FCC Callsign, you must give it the next time you transmit.”

Pretty simple and easy to remember and best of all it does not add unnecessary chatter to an emergency frequency.


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SK notice for Arnie

There is  posting on eHam.net under the “friends remembered” section for Arnie. You can post additional comments or recollections  there as well.

The direct link is:  http://eham.net/friends/displaystory/6559

John N3APA



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